jlw at June 23rd, 2014 14:55 — #1
steampunkbanana at June 23rd, 2014 15:04 — #2
It does seem to be the most useful thing shown...
scottbelyea at June 23rd, 2014 15:11 — #3
Ah, you betray your youth with that comment.
I can recall a few ... well, a good many years ago being disappointed in early September that last year's "geometry set" was still intact and usable, and that I wouldn't have to buy a new one.
cerandor at June 23rd, 2014 15:12 — #4
Is this a premium item now? I remember when it was more or less standard issue for schoolchildren in the U.K....
anthony_miles at June 23rd, 2014 15:18 — #5
All British children own/ed one of these. I think they cost about $5 in the UK.
jorpho at June 23rd, 2014 15:27 — #6
Indeed, the tin is nice, but I've found metal straightedges to be considerably superior to plastic. And compasses which used their own lead as opposed to gripping a pencil tended to be superior as well, albeit slightly inconvenient. At least the compass doesn't use one of those finncky screw-locking mechanisms. Ah, memories.
jlw at June 23rd, 2014 15:34 — #7
Here in America every kid gets one of these:
It is height adjustable and grows with you into adulthood.
thorpemeister at June 23rd, 2014 15:38 — #8
So how tall is the bear when the kid reaches adulthood?
jlw at June 23rd, 2014 15:39 — #9
Depends on how often and what you feed them.
steampunkbanana at June 23rd, 2014 15:39 — #10
The bear keeps growing, forever feeding on the regrets of your youth.
jlw at June 23rd, 2014 15:41 — #11
Imagine what she must of done.
medievalist at June 23rd, 2014 15:44 — #12
Jason, if you like that tin, you might want to pick up a long-pack of Schimmelpenninck duets.
I keep a set of 20 or so needle files & their handle in mine.
The cigars are pretty good, too.
steampunkbanana at June 23rd, 2014 15:59 — #13
She's a model, all they ever eat is the regrets of their youth.
jerwin at June 23rd, 2014 16:14 — #14
Wow. In America, are the streets really paved with gold?
shuck at June 23rd, 2014 17:11 — #15
It's also the most expensive part of the kit, ironically. Nothing shown is worth more than $0.40, retail. The mark-up on nostalgia, however, is obviously enormous...
jerwin at June 23rd, 2014 20:06 — #16
Flimsy screw? A compass shouldn't be flimsy-- thats why the arms are secured open with a screw.
sockdoll at June 23rd, 2014 20:13 — #17
"Why, yes, now that you mention it. I just happen to have a protractor right here."
jerwin at June 23rd, 2014 20:27 — #18
My ardor for you become ever more acute!
timquinn at June 23rd, 2014 20:43 — #19
Nah, it's fake gold leaf re-applied semi-annually. We're not idiots, you know.
adamcreen at June 24th, 2014 01:30 — #20
For maths teachers (sorry, math, I'm in the UK where the tin is sold) this is the worst thing a student can buy.
2 set squares and a stencil, none of which they need; a tiny pencil, when they need a decent HB for all their drawing; and a tiny ruler when they need 30cm (12 inches) for most construction work.
In UK exams, they are not allowed the tin, as all equipment must be in a clear pencilcase.
Shops sell it for anywhere between £4 and £10, while at my school for £2 ($3.41) we sell a large pencilcase with everything they do need, and it's allowed in exams. It's a fool parent who shells out for this retro rubbish.
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